LitBit Commentary – Rowan Williams on Prayer 3

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“…the essence of prayer as the New Testament presents it is to let Jesus pray in you and take you into the very heart of God the Father.  Just as Jesus empties himself out of love for us, we, in return, empty ourselves.  We push away the selfish desires and the limiting images that crowd into our heads.  We make room, we empty our minds and hearts, so that the love of God can fill them.  So our prayer is that we may be made one with the will and the action of Jesus.  And that means, says Origen, that when we pray and join in his activity we are doing a priestly thing, bringing the pains and needs of earth into the heart of God.”

Rowan Williams, Being Christian, p.67

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